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Meaning of OBLIQUE

Pronunciation:  u'bleek

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any grammatical case other than the nominative
  2. [adj]  indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading; "used devious means to achieve success"; "gave oblique answers to direct questions"; "oblique political maneuvers"
  3. [adj]  slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angular; "the oblique rays of the winter sun"; "acute and obtuse angles are oblique angles"; "the axis of an oblique cone is not perpendicular to its base"

OBLIQUE is a 7 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: bias, catacorner, cata-cornered, catercorner, cater-cornered, catty-corner, catty-cornered, crabwise, devious, diagonal, indirect, kitty-corner, kitty-cornered, nonparallel, oblique case, sideways
 Antonyms: nominative, nominative case, parallel, perpendicular, subject case
 See Also: ablative, ablative case, accusative, accusative case, case, convergent, dative, dative case, divergent, diverging, genitive, genitive case, grammatical case, inclined, objective case, possessive case, vocative, vocative case



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ob*lique"\, a. [F., fr. L. obliquus; ob (see {Ob-}) +
    liquis oblique; cf. licinus bent upward, Gr ? slanting.]
    [Written also {oblike}.]
    1. Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at
       right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
             It has a direction oblique to that of the former
             motion.                               --Cheyne.
    2. Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence,
       disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.
             The love we bear our friends . . . Hath in it
             certain oblique ends.                 --Drayton.
             This mode of oblique research, when a more direct
             one is denied, we find to be the only one in our
             power.                                --De Quincey.
             Then would be closed the restless, oblique eye. That
             looks for evil, like a treacherous spy. --Wordworth.
    3. Not direct in descent; not following the line of father
       and son; collateral.
             His natural affection in a direct line was strong,
             in an oblique but weak.               --Baker.
    {Oblique angle}, {Oblique ascension}, etc. See under
       {Angle},{Ascension}, etc.
    {Oblique arch} (Arch.), an arch whose jambs are not at right
       angles with the face, and whose intrados is in consequence
    {Oblique bridge}, a skew bridge. See under {Bridge}, n.
    {Oblique case} (Gram.), any case except the nominative. See
       {Case}, n.
    {Oblique circle} (Projection), a circle whose plane is
       oblique to the axis of the primitive plane.
    {Oblique fire} (Mil.), a fire the direction of which is not
       perpendicular to the line fired at.
    {Oblique flank} (Fort.), that part of the curtain whence the
       fire of the opposite bastion may be discovered. --Wilhelm.
    {Oblique leaf}. (Bot.)
       (a) A leaf twisted or inclined from the normal position.
       (b) A leaf having one half different from the other.
    {Oblique line} (Geom.), a line that, meeting or tending to
       meet another, makes oblique angles with it.
    {Oblique motion} (Mus.), a kind of motion or progression in
       which one part ascends or descends, while the other
       prolongs or repeats the same tone, as in the accompanying
    {Oblique muscle} (Anat.), a muscle acting in a direction
       oblique to the mesial plane of the body, or to the
       associated muscles; -- applied especially to two muscles
       of the eyeball.
    {Oblique narration}. See {Oblique speech}.
    {Oblique planes} (Dialing), planes which decline from the
       zenith, or incline toward the horizon.
    {Oblique sailing} (Naut.), the movement of a ship when she
       sails upon some rhumb between the four cardinal points,
       making an oblique angle with the meridian.
    {Oblique speech} (Rhet.), speech which is quoted indirectly,
       or in a different person from that employed by the
       original speaker.
    {Oblique sphere} (Astron. & Geog.), the celestial or
       terrestrial sphere when its axis is oblique to the horizon
       of the place; or as it appears to an observer at any point
       on the earth except the poles and the equator.
    {Oblique step} (Mil.), a step in marching, by which the
       soldier, while advancing, gradually takes ground to the
       right or left at an angle of about 25[deg]. It is not now
       practiced. --Wilhelm.
    {Oblique system of co["o]rdinates} (Anal. Geom.), a system in
       which the co["o]rdinate axes are oblique to each other.
  2. \Ob*lique"\, n. (Geom.)
    An oblique line.
  3. \Ob*lique"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Obliqued}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Obliquing}.]
    1. To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an
       oblique direction.
             Projecting his person towards it in a line which
             obliqued from the bottom of his spine. --Sir. W.
    2. (Mil.) To march in a direction oblique to the line of the
       column or platoon; -- formerly accomplished by oblique
       steps, now by direct steps, the men half-facing either to
       the right or left.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Of a leaf or leaflet, larger on one side of the midrib than on the other, i.e. asymmetrical.
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